Sitting here in bar Scacco Matto, the day is ending very differently to how it began. In the last hour the rainclouds that hung on the other side of the valley finally made it over to here in Sauze D'Oulx and the team parade had to be called off. It's hard to see from here what the weather has in store for us, but more rain is forecast for tomorrow morning... We'll see. I also need to apologize, because yesterday I said Matteo would be here to bring you sweet riding photos, but he didn't get here until pretty late today. I would have taken to some riding photos, but I was having so much fun smashing out runs down the mountain that I ran out of time...
Morning in Sauze and a little time to head off into the backstreets and explore this beautiful little town...
The market was on in the center square today, I'm not sure who was more confused, the riders or the stall holders.
Warm wine at 9am? No worries.
I was trying to get a better photo of the market, so I grabbed the first rider who went by. Turns out it was Andrea Bruno, Italian national enduro champion and trust me, to get this sticker on your bike you need to be fast. Properly fast. It'll be interesting how he fares against the more established, and mostly French, riders tomorrow after the strong season he's had.
Bike check time with Karim Amour. You might have seen the bike check we've done on Matt Slaven's Kona Abra Cadabra recently, well we've also got one with Karim who's got a different set of prototype parts and some very cool little mods. Keep your eyes on the front page for this.
Although the trails were bone dry, the odd little rivulet at the bottom left your bike looking plastered.
Another day, another fast rider, another ice pack. This time it's Italian pinner Manuel Ducci. He got caught out and wound up landing with a tree stump in the middle of his back. Painful.
Emiliano's camera crane. Not that you'd guess from looking at it, but he made it all himself and you have to take your hat off to the kind of home engineering. I'm loving the use of dumbbell weights.
Enrico and his Superenduro team and sponsors deep in planning.
Who's not a sucker for a gratuitous chainsaw shot? This was the crew preparing the main stage.
A Maxxis Wet Scream for the front and a Swamp Thing for the back. This is looking to be the smart tyre choice for the race tomorrow.
The umbrellas are out. Damn.
Well that's it for today. As the race is on tomorrow we'll try and get some riding shots for you, the rain seems to have stopped while I've been writing this and now dinner is calling. Oh, and yeah, most of you got it right yesterday, the mystery rider was indeed the legendary Nico Voullioz. We managed to strap a helmet cam to him and we should have that up here soon. Laters,